WSSC Measures Wastewater Flows in Several Montgomery County Neighborhoods

Work is part of comprehensive sewer basin study to enhance wastewater collection system

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LAUREL, MD (March 15, 2005) : Continuing their efforts to enhance a wastewater collection system that protects public health and helps return clean water to the environment, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) will begin nighttime sewer work in the Willerburn Acres, Walnut Woods and Inverness Knolls communities in Montgomery County.

The sewer main work will take place for approximately two weeks starting Monday, March 21, weather permitting, in sewer mains under the following roads: Titan Way, Goya Drive, Greenleaf Avenue, Sargent Court, Reynolds Avenue, Van Gogh Court, Renoir Court, Raphael Court, Fontaine Street, Whistler Court, Gainsborough Road, Rockville Square, Glackens Drive, Mary Cassatt Drive, Gauguin Lane, Ivymount Terrace, Heatherton Lane, Coddle Harbor Lane, Old Cabin Lane, Hounds Way, Split Rail Court, Plantation Court, Plantation Lane, Hitching Post Lane, Hitching Post Place, Hitching Post Court, Dinwiddie Drive, Old Gate Place, Old Gate Road, Old Stage Court, Old Stage Road, Whippoorwill Court, and Whippoorwill Lane.

The inspection work will take place overnight from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. to take advantage of low wastewater flows. Crews will open manholes in these areas to monitor wastewater flows to determine if groundwater is infiltrating the sanitary sewer. Groundwater infiltration can deplete pipe flow capacity, increase wastewater treatment costs and may indicate pipe defects. Water or wastewater services will not be impacted.

The late night / early morning work is part of WSSC's comprehensive Cabin John sewer basin study that started spring 2003. The multi-year study that will capture data on rainfall, wastewater flows, the conditions of pipes and manholes, and areas where sewer mains have become exposed due to erosion in creeks and streambeds. Investigators also will review growth patterns to develop plans to meet future wastewater needs.

WSSC is among the 10 largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation, serving 1.6 million customers in Prince George's and Montgomery counties.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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